Celebrate National Respiratory Therapy Week October 22-28, 2017

Celebrate National Respiratory Therapy Week October 22-28, 2017

October 23, 2017

Rusk County Memorial Hospital (RCMH) invites you to join in celebrating National Respiratory Care Week, October 22-28, 2017 by recognizing our Respiratory Therapist, Ellen Alberts.

Sponsored by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC), Respiratory Care Week was first declared by President Ronald Reagan in 1982 and has since been recognized during the last full week in October to highlight respiratory therapists and the outstanding work they do to bring compassionate care to those with breathing complications.

Working closely with pulmonary specialists, anesthesia, providers and nurses, respiratory therapists ensure safe and effective care to patients with lung diseases such as asthma or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) through the use of breathing medications and therapies. Respiratory therapists are found in many healthcare environments, including hospitals, clinics, intensive care units and home-health facilities.

The celebration of National Respiratory Care Week offers the perfect time for individuals to be mindful of their breathing and practice exercises to reduce stress and improve lung function. “By using breathing exercises, a signal is sent to the nervous system, the part of the body managing heart rate and stress response, that the body is functioning properly,” says Ms. Alberts. “Breathing exercises may also help improve COPD effects, lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety, improve sleep and lower stress.”

As part of the care team at RCMH, Ms. Alberts exhibits a passion for not only providing exceptional care to all patients, but also ensuring each patient understands their condition and treatment options.

 To learn more about Ms. Alberts, click here.